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Drum Eyes & Nedry @ Corsica Studios

October 22, 2010

Originally posted on The 405

Venue: Corsica Studios, London
Date: 20/10/10
Link: Nedry, Drum Eyes

On a cold, dark Wednesday night in the heart of the grimey, urban spectacular that is Elephant & Castle, club promotors of the esoteric and experimental, God Don’t Like It, hosted a series of artists in two rooms that were perfectly fitting of this backdrop and atmosphere.

The night took place at Corsica Studios which for those that haven’t been is also just as grimey and spectacular, this being a huge compliment; character is the word here, a mile away from the vacuous ‘super-club’ feel of some shiny ‘fake-tit’ (as McClusky might say) arena such as Matter for example. Nedry‘s debut mini-album Condors (which you can read about here) embodies this foreboding, urban soundscape feel and it is a pleasure to experience not only in the flesh, but in this environment.

The genre-defying trio contain elements of trip-hop, post-rock, an aray of laptop electronica with sporadic elements of dub. Catchy. Apples & Pears is arguably a highlight, particularly that bit when half-way through when the track slowly fades-out, to complete silence; before remerging with a dirty, noisy wallop seconds later. Also, it’s interesting to hear material not featured on any previous release to date, and most certainly bodes well for the future of Nedry.

Drum Eyes features DJ Scotch Egg amongst others, who you may well know for his stupendous 8-bit related hyperactive madness and live show. However, this new outfit is a world away from his ‘day job’, and boasts some of the finest doom post-rock laden with Krautrock that you are likely to experience.

A marriage of the ‘futuristic’ analogue of old with the DIY digital new, the tracks of epic-length build-and-tweek and build-and-layer into a cacophony of noise, but carefully thought through noise. Good noise. Shigeru Ishih shows fleeting moment of his other persona’s exuberance with the occasional bout of climbing, shouting and overall charm (though perhaps not as pronounced as in other performances) whilst the only vocals we are treated to is the screeching of the female variety.

A super evening of experimental, almost dystopian music all-be-told. Becoming Real was another highlight and find of the night – a dj-based dubstep artist that is more that that, boasting the ingenuity of a Mount Kimbie; haunting, yet something you can get your wonk on to, like a ghost freaking out. You can check him out next weekend (29th) at Ewer Street carpark as part of the Warehouse Project, headlined by Delphic.

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